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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 141
Poverty, income, and the psychological well-being of children


1 Department of Medical Center, KMT Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China

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Date of Web Publication7-Aug-2015
 

How to cite this article:
Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Poverty, income, and the psychological well-being of children. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2015;8:141

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Poverty, income, and the psychological well-being of children. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Jul 14];8:141. Available from: http://www.atmph.org/text.asp?2015/8/4/141/162397
Dear Sir,

We would like to discuss the aspect of "poverty, income and psychological well-being of Children." [1] Ho et al. reported that "children from low-income families reported statistically significant lower scores in self-esteem and quality of life, but higher scores in depressive symptoms than those from high-income families." [1] In fact, the relationship between the socioeconomic status and psychological well-being of children is an interesting issue. Sometimes, happiness may not be related to wealth. In the poor, developing country Bhutan, the Gross National Happiness is used as a national index. [2] Of interest is the fact that a high level of psychological well-being can be observed in this country despite poverty being very common there. [2],[3]

Sometimes, if the general population has a concept of self-sufficiency, they may feel happy without need of much money (see "An Application of Sufficiency Economy in the Health Sector in Thailand" http://www.oecd.org/site/progresskorea/43586771.pdf).

Conclusively, not only socioeconomic factors but also spiritual factors have a strong effect on the psychological well-being of the population.

 
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1.
Ho KY, Li WH, Chan SS. The effect of poverty and income disparity on the psychological Well-being of Hong Kong children. Public Health Nurs 2014. [Epub ahead of print]  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Tobgay T, Dophu U, Torres CE, Na-Bangchang K. Health and Gross National Happiness: Review of current status in Bhutan. J Multidiscip Healthc 2011;4:293-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.
Tobgay T, Dorji T, Pelzom D, Gibbons RV. Progress and delivery of health care in Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon and Gross National Happiness. Trop Med Int Health 2011;16:731-6.  Back to cited text no. 3
    

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Sora Yasri
Department of Medical Center, KMT Medical Center, Bangkok
Thailand
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.162397

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